UK restaurant. Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash

CGA says UK hospitality industry still faces “very real” issues

Karl Chessell, CGA’s business unit director for hospitality operators and food, EMEA, reiterated that the pandemic has ‘inflicted massive damage’ into the sector, through the forced closure of thousands of businesses Despite some 79% of business leaders expressing optimism for the future, they also face the “very real” issues of staff shortages, rising costs and high debt levels, according to the latest Future Shock report from CGA and UKHospitality. Karl Chessell, CGA’s business unit director for hospitality operators and food, EMEA, reiterated that the pandemic has “inflicted massive damage” to the…

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closed restaurant window. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

The UK Commercial Lease Eviction Ban “goes on and on”

The UK government has announced that the moratorium on the enforcement of commercial leases will be extended until 25 March 2022, a full two years after it was first introduced. Thanks to political cover from the Labour opposition, and fears of widespread job losses in the hospitality and licensed sector, the government has resisted pressure from landlords to end the moratorium. In a statement on Wednesday 16 June to the House of Commons, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay announced the moratorium’s extension. This had been widely anticipated since Monday’s announcement that the final stage of lockdown restrictions…

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Cruise liners to be welcomed back to Abu Dhabi from September

Abu Dhabi Ports is initiating several health and safety measures to protect passengers and crew The number of cruise calls witnessed a rise of 43 percent in 2019 to reach a total of 192. Cruise liners have been given the go-ahead to return to Abu Dhabi from September 1. The industry was riding on the crest of a wave in 2019, with a record-breaking year for the maritime tourism sector in the emirate – around 500,000 cruise visitors arrived in the Abu Dhabi’s ports throughout the year, which marked a…

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